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Power Balance

Exercise 1: Tree Pose
Exercise 1: Tree Pose
Exercise 1: Tree Pose
Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose
Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose
Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose
Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose

Exercise 1: Tree Pose

Step 1/3

Stand with your feet together in parallel and your arms at your sides.

Exercise 1: Tree Pose

Step 2/3

Press your palms together in front of your chest as you slide your right foot up your left leg and press it into your inner thigh. Hold the balance for five breaths.

Exercise 1: Tree Pose

Step 3/3

Keep your legs in place as you interlace your fingers and slowly press your palms overhead until your arms are straight. Allow your gaze to follow your hands. Balance for five more breaths before returning to the starting position. Repeat the exercise on the other leg.

Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose

Step 1/4

Stand with your feet together in parallel and your arms at your sides.

Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose

Step 2/4

Turn your left palm out as you raise your right arm directly overhead, palm facing in.

Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose

Step 3/4

Bend your left knee, bringing your heel toward your buttocks, and grab your left foot from the inside with your left hand.

Exercise 2: Dancer's Pose

Step 4/4

Continue holding your foot as you slowly pull the left leg up and behind you. Bring your right arm forward for stability. Once your leg is as high as it will go, balance for five breaths before slowly returning to the starting position. Repeat the move with the right leg.

About Colleen Bohen

I’m proud of my “comp kid” past! Dance meant everything to me when I was a kid, and I spent my happiest hours studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for 15 years at my local Long Island studio, L.A. Dance Studio, and competing with its company. I majored in journalism at Hofstra University, and save for an early stint with the student-run organization Danceworks, my dance career wound down just as my journalism career ramped up. Most of my attention was soon diverted to my work with the school’s newspaper, student magazine and an internship in NYC. After college, I spent a few years as a business journalist covering the toy and consumer electronics industries and now I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way back to my first love—dance!
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